Sat 30 Apr, 2016 07:42 am
When i want to use adjectives to modify nouns, i always get confused, for example, if i want to say something about a coat, should i say "black long new coat" or "black new long coat". I want to know the exact order of the adjectives.
Generally, the adjective order in English is:
Quantity or number.
Quality or opinion.
Color / colour
Proper adjective (often nationality, other place of origin, or material)
Purpose or qualifier.
three good large new long black French coats
a small round cake
a large red box
an old green cloth clothes bag
anyway you like - As long as it is communicable, noone cares.
Tes gave good advice. To which I might add if it doesn't sound right, consider breaking the rule.
@Tes yeux noirs,
I think I get it right intuitively, but I had no idea there were rules.
I also write the adjectives intuitively, perhaps not correctly according to rules, who knew? Sometimes I make adjectives up for the fun of it. Some well respected authors have been known to do that too.
I also write the adjectives intuitively,
I think that list I posted, if you think about it, is pretty intuitive.
if it doesn't sound right, consider breaking the rule.
That's why I started my answer with this word: